Shelter Dog Captures Role In Ashland University Theatre Production

9/28/10 ASHLAND, OH -- From stray to star, Lola from the Ashland County Dog Shelter is currently in rehearsals for her first role on stage with the Ashland University Theatre's upcoming production of Steinbeck's classic "Of Mice and Men" scheduled for Oct. 15 to 24 in Hugo Young Theatre.

In an effort to fill the special role of Candy's dog in the theatre production, Ashland University Theatre contacted several local veterinarians and rescue organizations for suggestions. After auditioning several prospects, Lola was the perfect fit.

Lola was brought to the theatre department by Ashland University student and PAW's co-leader Courtney Long from the Ashland County Dog Shelter.  Found as a stray in southern Ashland County, Lola was rescued by the Ashland County dog warden in March and has been looking for a "For-ever Home" since then.  She is a Labrador Retriever/Shepherd mix, spayed and approximately 3 years old.

At the conclusion of the performances for "Of Mice and Men," Lola is available for adoption at the Ashland County Dog Shelter.

In addition to featuring Lola in the production, Ashland University Theatre and PAW is collecting donations in Lola's name at the performances to be equally distributed among the Ashland County Dog Shelter and the Ashland County Humane Society.  Due to the circumstances portrayed in the production, the Theatre Department will present special notes in the program offering information and creating awareness for preferred practices of pet euthanasia and adopting rescued pets.

For more information about Ashland University Theatre and the upcoming productions, visit www.ashland.edu/theatre<http://www.ashland.edu/theatre> or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu<mailto:tapplega@ashland.edu>.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.